“Based on corruption charges the then President of MCI was arrested and MCI was subsequently dissolved. In any government or organisation, if the President is found guilty, let him be punished but the whole government does not go. Then why for MCI alone?”
Shri Dr Manmohan Singhji,
Government of India,
Sub: Re-establishing a Transparent and Autonomous Medical Council of India
Members of the medical profession are extremely thankful to you Sir for your timely intervention to strengthen the health system of our nation by deferring the short-term medical course and other health issues of our country.
The issue of Medical Council of India (MCI) is dragging over two years, which is not good for the Medical Education of India.
MCI is the Custodian of Medical Education in India which paves the way for safe and effective health care in future to the citizen of our country.
Medical Council of India was established as an autonomous body by Indian Medical Council Act, 1956, an act of Parliament of India. It functions with nominated members from the union government, state governments, university representatives and elected members from the Indian Medical Register, all amounting to 130 members.
Based on corruption charges the then President of MCI was arrested and MCI was subsequently dissolved.
In any government or organisation, if the President is found guilty, let him be punished but the whole government does not go. Then why for MCI alone?
Board of Governors (BOG) was appointed as care takers of MCI with an assurance that MCI will be restored within one year. Six members were appointed as Board of Governors (BOG) for one year. Subsequently, after getting extension from court for one year, second team of BOG consisting of 3 members took over.
Now, for the 3rd year by an amendment, the MCI is kept in darkness and got extension for one more year.
The profession doesn’t know what is going to happen for the “Custodian of Medical Education” in India for the next year.
Medical Council of India under the control of BOG for the past two years has only acted as per the directions of the union ministry of health (MOH). The transparent and autonomous body created by an Act of Parliament has become a department of MOH, GOI. Three members are doing the job of 130 members. It is not good Sir.
The alternate system of the NCHRH (National Commission for Human Resources for Health) Bill is not accepted by the profession and parliamentarians since it lacks badly the autonomous and transparent working system. It is going to function with Government Nominees as an out post of MOH.
We, the Medical Professionals of India are very much concerned to have an Autonomous and Transparent Medical Council of India to offer Quality Medical Education in India suiting today’s climate and empowering the young medical graduates to offer the best health care to the citizens of both rural and urban India.
Our request to you Sir, to kindly look into this vital health issue and arrive at the best conclusion taking into confidence of all the stakeholders.
In the mean time we request you Sir to organise the Board of Governors Team transparently with representation to all the stakeholders as below:
– Government of India (2 Representatives)
– Medical Educationists (2 Representatives)
– Indian Medical Association (2 Representatives)
– Registered Medical Professions (2 Representatives)
– Health Active Practitioners (2 Representatives)
This 10-member team of BOG must strengthen Medical Council of India in a transparent and autonomous manner and decide the future of MCI too.
As a health conscious citizen of the nation and senior health professional of India, on behalf the Medical Profession we request you Sir, to spare your valuable time to set right the above issue, which will lead to a healthy and vibrant India.
Any support from Doctors and Indian Medical Association is with you Sir.
Thanking you, Sir,
Respects & Regards,
Prof Dr S Arulrhaj, MD, FRCP (Glasg)
Chairman, Commonwealth Health Professions Alliance, UK
Imm. Past President,
Commonwealth Medical Association, UK
CC: Hon. Shri. Ghulam Nabi Azad
Hon Madam Sonia Gandhiji
Shri Rahul Gandhi
National President, IMA,
Secretary General IMA
Members of Parliamentary Committee on Health